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#1 eclark53


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Posted 16 January 2015 - 09:03 PM

I have over 75 processing running in Task Manager, and my machine is really slow.  Am I infected?  Is someone else using my computer?  This seems like an awful lot of processes.




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Posted 16 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

Hope you are sitting down - I just opened my task manger and it shows that I have 94 processes running. I don't think that the 'really slow' is connected to just 74 processes. A infection is always possible - they are a mater of 'when' not 'if'. When you look at the Applications' tab of task manager are there any applications running that you didn't start or want running?

What is your security software, is it current and have you run any scans lately like this evening]?

Keep us posted



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 09:36 AM

FWIW:  The number of processes reflected in Task Manager...is just an indication of what you have allowed to be installed on your system.  There is no magical number that is good or bad, it's the processes themselves that need some scrutiny.


Since you raised the possibility of infection, moving topic to the appropriate forum.



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Posted 17 January 2015 - 11:20 AM

Expanding on the information already provided...It is not uncommon to have a numerous running processes showing in Windows Task Manager and utilzing various amounts of system resources. The actual number will vary from system to system depending on what programs are installed and have services associated with them, which ones are permitted to run at startup and what applications are currently running. Some browsers will also generate multiple processes by design as a form of crash control.Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for a group of services that are run from dynamic-link libraries (.dll's) and can run other services underneath itself. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services portion of the registry to construct a list of services that it needs to load. It is not unusual for multiple instances of Svchost.exe running at the same time in Task Manager in order to optimize the running of the various services.
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Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services, therefore, separate services can run, depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started. This grouping of services permits better control and easier debugging. The process identifier (PID) must be checked in real time to determine what services each instance of svchost.exe is controlling at that particular time. The PID is not static and can change with each logon but generally they stay nearly the same because they are always running services.

Windows Task Manager does not provide enough information. These are tools to investigate running processes, programs that run at startup, services and gather additional information to identify them or resolve problems:These tools will provide information about each process, CPU usage, file description and its location. Most of them are stand-alone portable apps in a zip file so no installation is necessary.
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